According to Pro Football Weekly, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula have been in conversations with veteran HC Tom Coughlin “for some time now” and he is considered to be the “front-runner” to replace Rex Ryan in Buffalo.
Sources tell PFW that the two sides started conversations a few weeks ago and there is “mutual” interest in him coaching the Bills. PFW says that Coughlin “can’t wait” and “will jump at the first top job that is offered” which could be why the Bills are expected to move on from Ryan right after the season ends.
There has been some buzz about Coughlin returning to Jacksonville in recent weeks.
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell confirmed previous reports on Tuesday that they are, in fact, interested in speaking with Coughlin regarding their head-coaching vacancy.
“Tom [Coughlin] would be somebody we’d be interested in talking to,” Caldwell said, per John Oesher.
Beyond that, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported yesterday that Coughlin could rejoin the Jaguars as an executive if he isn’t hired as their next head coach. Robinson added that it’s possible Coughlin could take on the role of VP of football operations for Jacksonville.
However, there was some talk last year about Coughlin joining the Bills after he was replaced as Giants’ head coach. Although, nothing came of the meeting between Buffalo and Coughlin.
Coughlin, 70, spent 12 years Giants’ head coach and has led them to a record of 102-90 (53.1 percent) to go along with five playoff appearances and two Super Bowl titles.
After interviewing for a few head-coaching jobs with the 49ers and Eagles, Coughlin agreed to join NFL’s football operations department.
We’ll have more regarding the Bills and Coughlin as the news is available.